Month: May 2009

So, I hit this snag with a novel that I’m working on–namely ‘Critique Induced Block’. Apparently I don’t have a good reaction to a work-in-progress being critiqued while, well, in progress. I start second guessing what I do. And the reason I was doing it. In order to buy myself some time and get my…

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Filing cabinets full of stuff

There are things that I don’t handle well:1. Rejection2. Criticism3. Work-related anxieties Turns out the death of a writer friend tops the not-handling-well list of all time. I have had horrible dreams since he left. Dreams of other friends-who-are-writers dying. I’ve waited to post about the death of Fred, a dedicated science fiction writer and…

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The Children Of Men by P.D. James My review rating: 4 of 5 stars P.D. James can turn a sentence, let me tell you. She can also build a crazy-ass world, create believable characters, and set up a premise. All in all, I though this was a great book. Not particularly heartwarming, but definitely an…

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Saving the World by Julia Alvarez

Saving the World by Julia Alvarez My review rating: 3 of 5 starsI really loved the parallels that Alvarez created in this book: Smallpox-AIDS Alma (woman touched by idealistic man in today’s world)-Isabel (woman touched by idealistic man in yesterday’s world) Richard (idealistic man today)-Francisco Balmis (idealistic man yesterday) Basically Alma’s husband is trying to…

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